Cup of tea with leaf mint
Cup of tea with leaf mint and lemon.

Drinking tea can be a worldly, aromatic, and relaxing, experience. However, did you know that there are many health benefits to drinking different types of teas? Today we’re going to talk a little bit about what my research has shown when it comes to drinking green tea, and the health benefits associated with regular consumption.

First off, Green Tea is full of healthy antioxidants, namely flavonoids and catechins which, which can prevent cellular damage caused by any number of reasons.

Green Tea has been shown to have a major impact on diabetes, heart disease, and general weight loss. Green Tea can help blood sugar levels rise slowly, preventing insulin spikes. Research suggests that Green Tea has a major impact on bad cholesterol and preventing clots in arteries, which, as you know is a major factor in heart attacks.

Certain studies have suggested that Green Tea, and Green Tea Extract, have shown a remarkable ability to fight off cancer, often killing the cancer, while doing little to  no damage to the surrounding tissues.

Did you know that Green Tea is actually great for your mouth, teeth, and throat? Catechin, which is found in the tea, has many antibacterial properties, and can prevent infection and bacteria growth!

I’ve previously spoke about the benefits of Amino Acids. L-theanine, found in Green Tea, has been shown to fight off mood swings and depression. It has a relatively relaxing effect on the body and mind. L-theanine is amazing in its own right. It has an amazingly positive effect on the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA, which raises dopamine levels in the brain, in turn reducing anxiety levels.

Personally, from my own experience, adding other healthy options to your Green Tea can make a world of difference, and really jump-start a diet. Ginger can be a really amazing painkiller, and it’s anti-inflammatory properties can help reduce pain and increase natural immunity. All while enjoying a rather delicious cup of tea too!

Since Green Tea has been clinically proven to increase metabolic rate, it has some remarkable fat burning properties as well. The combination of increased fat oxidation and caffeine have been shown to jump-start fatty acids, and increase the use of fat tissues as energy. The antioxidant EGCG, found in Green Tea, has also been shown to prevent the absorption of cholesterol. So, Green Tea actually helps fight weight loss on multiple fronts!

Finally, remember those catechins I spoke about earlier? Well, they have this amazing little benefit for your skin too. Catechins can help make your skin resistant to ultraviolet rays, reducing aging and the chances of developing skin cancer later in life!

Now, there are a few downfalls to excessive Green Tea consumption. First, lower grades of Green Tea can contain higher than usual amounts of fluoride and caffeine. Second, if you’re pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant, Green Tea can reduce the amount of Iron that your body absorbs, so talk to your doctor before starting any new health routines. However, my research suggests that the reward is far greater than the risks. Enjoy!

Originally posted 2016-01-29 00:27:46.

NWilkinson
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I’m Nick Wilkinson. I writer and radio personality who lives in Phoenix, Arizona.
With over 14 years of experience in the Behavioral Health Field, I’ve been working in close contact with kids from all walks of life.
Specializing in teenagers and young adults, I’ve been a career long supporter of “verbal de-escalation” and non-violent crisis intervention. I believe that what you say, and how you say it, are the keys to successful communication. I currently write about men's health topics, parenting and child abuse topics, and other social issues. You can visit my blog at www.ActingNotReacting.com

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14 thoughts on “Green Tea: Beneficial to Your Health?

  • 30 March 2016 at 1:43 AM
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    Green tea is very beneficial for human body. It reduces fatness significantly. My doctor suggested me to drink green tea everyday and I’m getting good result of drinking it.

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  • 7 March 2016 at 9:03 AM
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    To be honest I have mixed quite a few teas in the last few months.. and I have to admit that there is nothing wrong with mixing!! For me it has been a good idea.. maybe you should also try this.

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    • 7 March 2016 at 9:46 PM
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      Which mixes have you found to be the best?

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  • 22 February 2016 at 3:35 PM
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    Good article. Very informative. Personally, I think a culture that was leagues ahead of the rest of the world at a time when Europeans thought the world was flat probably knew a good thing when they saw it. If green tea was and still is, the preferred beverage of China and is believed to have medicinal purposes, I’ll go along with it.

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  • 18 February 2016 at 6:57 PM
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    I have a favorite health food supplement store I visit often. They have an online presence, but being old school I like to pick up products and read the labels. I purchased a box of medicinal teas. I tried a few, but honestly did not find them to do anything they were said to do, That is, with the exception of green tea, which I have been drinking for years.

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  • 18 February 2016 at 3:50 AM
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    I noticed it kept appearing in stores more and more lately but I have not heard of the benefits until I read this article. It’s nice to read drinking green tea is beneficial to your health, I’m going to get some soon.

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  • 12 February 2016 at 8:28 PM
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    This was great information. As part of my wellness consciously lifestyle I have ventured forth on I replaced coffee and Diet Coke with green tea. I really think the move has already had positive effects though it has only been 10 days. For sure with green tea their is no caffeine crash as there is with coke and coffee.

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  • 3 February 2016 at 1:13 PM
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    I sometimes mix the tea with different kinds of tea. Also, Jasmine tea makes the taste of “pure” green tea go away. Nothing’s wrong with mixing!

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    • 6 February 2016 at 5:37 AM
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      That is a real good idea. I always had an issue drinking just straight green tea. I guess if I mix a couple together that might help me get over the overall taste that I cannot seem to enjoy. Thanks for the tip!

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  • 31 January 2016 at 3:35 PM
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    It was not too long ago that I read that both green tea and green tea extract can fight off cancer. Nothing was mentioned about it killing the cancer without collateral damage though, so I was happy to read this here. I am always wary of something that treats one thing while causing damage elsewhere or causing an overall decline in health. I had to undergo Chemo once, and I believe the cure was worse than the disease. At least if felt that way.

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    • 4 February 2016 at 9:25 AM
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      You certainly have to weigh the pro’s and con’s of each situation carefully.

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  • 31 January 2016 at 6:34 AM
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    I have heard good things about green tea. However, I am not a big fan of the taste, so I have not been drinking it much at all. I have tried honey and even sugar, but I cannot get the weird after taste out of my mouth.

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    • 4 February 2016 at 9:25 AM
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      A few of our readers suggest mixing green tea with lemon juice or jasmin tea!

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  • 30 January 2016 at 8:50 PM
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    I have recently given up all beverages besides water and green tea. No sure of the health impact but I feel way better,

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